Wet Weekend

Oct 2, 2015
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With flood warnings still in place from a drenching earlier this week, Virginians are bracing for another dose of rain through the weekend.

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A flash flood watch is in effect for Virginia through Saturday night.

The National Weather Service says rain will become widespread and increase in intensity over saturated ground, increasing the risk of landslides.

Rainfall amounts are expected to total 2 to 5 inches in some places. And that's well before any possible impacts from Hurricane Joaquin moving up the East Coast.

A gale warning also has been posted for coastal areas.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia "dodged a bullet" with Hurricane Joaquin.

Already in the U.S. this year, 20 children have died after being left in hot cars, prompting warnings from police and public health departments.   Williamsburg recently declared a heat emergency, and Richmond and its residents took action.

Richmond opened three special cooling centers where people could go to escape temperatures in the 90’s, and officials reminded residents to drink plenty of water.  Rob Lawrence, who oversees the city’s fleet of 43 ambulances, says people seem to have gotten the message.

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The hurricane season won’t officially begin for a few more days, but with all the tragic events still unfolding in Texas and Oklahoma due to flooding and violent storms, a number of state agencies are emphasizing that Virginians should prepare now. That means stocking up on supplies AND making sure families have the right insurance coverage during this Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week. 

Many Virginians are not aware that we're right in the middle of a state tax holiday where emergency supplies such as batteries, flashlights, and bottled water are sales-tax free.

September is National Preparedness Month

Aug 31, 2014

September 1st  marks the start of Preparedness Month in Virginia. Governor Terry McAuliffe says it’s a time to encourage families, business owners and communities to take steps in readying for emergencies.

He’s calling on Virginians to be mindful of tornado warnings, to sign up for text alerts and weather warnings in their localities, and to create an emergency communications plan.

Safety Resources for Virginians: